Wine is not the first thing you think of when you think of Thailand, perhaps elephants, perhaps warm luxurious beaches, but wine no. Nevertheless Thailand has a wine industry slowly emerging, primarily in Hua Hin, a not so sleepy coastal town and Khao Yai, a rampart of greenery north east of Bangkok. It is less than two hours’ drive up the expressway from Bangkok to the relatively peaceful countryside at the edge of Khao Yai National Park, the birthplace of the Khao Yai wine region.
Wine isn’t the only thing on the menu, Khao Yai Winery is also the home of outstanding Schnapps made from Lychee which a visiting wine critic named “an after dinner drink made in heaven”. Besides producing wines PB Valley estate has also become a tourist attraction in its right as the professionally conducted wine tasting tours have received awards from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and have become a magnet for domestic and international tourists.
Wine tasting tours are conducted daily at 10:30 am / 01:30 pm and 03:30 pm. The tour lasts about 75 to 90 minutes. The rates are Baht 300 per adult and Baht 200 for children 4 to 12 years of age. (Children are served 100% fresh grape juice produced from grapes grown in the estate.
To round up the culinary experience one can enjoy Western, Thai and as well some Fusion specialties (partly matched to the wines grown in the estate) at “The Great Hornbill Grill” offering a great view of the vineyards and gardens with a backdrop of the mountains of the Khao Yai National Park.
/// Written by Shannon Green, Thailand